48 Hours in San Diego

June 2nd, 2016

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TO STAY Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina The best part about the Marriott Marquis is the location. Our Executive Suite with grand balcony on the 13th floor faced straight to Coronado Island. We watched the boats in this San Diego Bay while we sipped champagne and marveled how even our toilet had a killer view. … Continued

As a kid, playing Oregon Trail was the closest I managed towards a visit. After 4 years of living in San Francisco and endless numbers of people recommending a trip to Portland; I caved in. Here are the reasons you’ll fall in love with this city and regularly make it a point to return. Several … Continued

by Judy Cuervo It began with a photo:  Three vibrant hot air balloons set against an aqua-colored sky.  Below, the vineyards of Napa Valley stretched like an emerald patchwork quilt, gently unfolding from the distant mountains. The dream of a flight with Napa Valley Balloons couldn’t have been better timed.  My Crystal Symphony cruise was … Continued

Manhattan Beach or “Westport” as us east coast transplants like to call it is a beachside community filled with gorgeous dreamy California mansion-style homes all nestled together hanging over the creamy sand with sparkly rolling waves. For those of us in central Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach offers an escape from the madness to a small … Continued

Some years ago I put together a book, Paths Less Traveled, for which I dispatched well-known authors to adventure destinations and asked them to write of their experience. Tom Robbins reported from Tanzania; Bobbie Ann Mason from New Zealand; Edward Hoagland from Yemen; Roy Blount, Jr. from the Amazon, and on. For the Galapagos I … Continued

  It feels like we’re driving to the edge of the world where the water falls off. Infinity is just ahead. To the right are mountains that arc up from the basement of time. On the left, a dry lakebed now glassed with salt. This is the driest state in the country, not so surprising, … Continued

Hiking the Kumano Kodo Trail in Southeastern Japan is no walk in the park. The Kumano Kodo Trail is actually a network of trails in the remote, mountainous Kii Peninsula, southeast of Osaka and Kyoto. The trails, which were established as Buddhist pilgrimage routes in the 10th Century, connect several sacred sites, collectively designated a … Continued

I first heard of a Technology Shabbat a few years ago from its most vocal proponent, Webbies Awards founder Tiffany Shlain. Modeled on the principles of the Jewish observation of the Sabbath, where from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday you do no work, the idea is that you take a mini-break from all … Continued

By Richard Bangs  The covering has the disconcerting effect of obnubilating as well as illuminating the woman behind it. Local tourists overlooking Al Ragasat Canyon. #SaudiArabia A photo posted by Richard Bangs (@richardjbangs) on Mar 21, 2016 at 12:21pm PDT Shrouded in black niqab and ankle-length abaya, she floats towards me. Behind, her friends are … Continued

This article was originally featured on the website Hilton Mom Voyage. By Lisa Grabelle The lights, the sights, the people, the WOW! They call it “The Crossroads of the World,” “The Hub of America.” There is simply nothing like it. It’s the most pulsating, exciting spot you’ve ever seen — New York City’s Times Square, … Continued